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This weekend, as we reach the midpoint of the first marking period, we are asking all students and parents/guardians to sit together to review their child’s academic progress over the past five weeks.

In particular we are asking that you review your child’s “Current Marking Period Average.”

Here is a video that will be shared with students on the morning announcements:

Link to SchoolTool:

Link to directions on how to download the optional SchoolTool Mobile App:

Click here for a flyer on how to check student attendance in SchoolTool:: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I-vRYVG1GKCvpSVdxMm5mDdyihgEXed7/view?usp=sharing


NYS Department of Health Flowcharts

Please see the document linked below that outlines the NYS Department of Health requirements for student attendance and return to school after experiencing a Covid related symptom.

“Can my child go to school today?” Flowchart:

“My child has COVID-19 symptoms. When can they go back to school?” Flowchart:



As the temperatures drop a bit throughout October, please encourage your child to remember that we will still be having lunch outdoors on dry days and that many teachers will continue to hold classes outside and/or take their classes outside for mask breaks.

Having an extra layer and/or a hat is a good practice for the weeks ahead. Thank you.



REMINDER! Our Book Fair is going online this fall! Algonquin Middle School (AMS) in cooperation with the Algonquin Parent Organization (APO) invite you to shop the Online Book Fair and support our school! The fair runs from October 4 – 17. All purchases will directly benefit our school (25% back in rewards!).
Over 6,000 products including award-winners, best sellers, boxed sets, and more
FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25
All orders ship home
Don’t miss your chance to shop affordable books and support AMS.



Below you will find information from the Sand Lake Kiwanis about assistance available to families in need during the holiday season.

Click here for more information:
Hard copies of this form are also available in the AMS Health Office.

Please note that completed forms need to be turned in to the AMS Health Office by November 1, 2020. Thank you.



The AMS Food Pantry Program will be starting soon to assist families in need.. Our cupboards are currently bare. We are accepting donations in the Food Pantry box outside the main entrance.
Popular items are:
Packages of snack crackers (peanut butter and/or cheese filling)
Granola and snack bars
Mac and Cheese cups
Fruit cups
Microwavable meals (non perishable)
crunchy peanut butter
Fun types of cereal


APO Blue Moon Halloween Hustle
October, 30 – November, 1, 2020
Virtual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
The APO would like to invite you to participate in the 1st ever Blue Moon Halloween Hustle Virtual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run. All proceeds will go to directly support AMS. Anyone is welcome to join in. Grab your family and friends and get outside for some exercise while connecting with our community! A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. Run your own race, at your own pace, and record your time online. It can be run any time between Friday, October 30th and Sunday, November 1st. The cost is $10 per participant (+ $1.58 Sign-Up Fee). T-shirts are available for purchase separately.
Registration Link: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/AverillPark/APOHalloweenHustle (ends November 1st)
T-shirt Order Link: https://tinyurl.com/apohalloweenhustle (order by October 12th)

An important Chromebook reminder: Please help your child be ready for school by reminding them to charge their Chromebook each night and to be sure to pack it in their backpack for the next school day. This should ensure that their school day and learning is not interrupted. Thank you!


All AMS students are expected to engage in their school program from 7:45am until 2:30pm regardless of if they are in the building or at home.

APPOINTMENTS DURING ONLINE LEARNING DAYS: Parents of students who need to attend routine medical/dental appointments during their day at home should call the AMS Main Office to inform of a late arrival or early release from online learning. When the appointment is finished and the student is ready to return to their online learning, the parent should call the AMS Main Office to inform us that their child is back in attendance.

HYBRID STUDENTS WHO MISS THEIR FULL IN-PERSON DAY: Students who are scheduled to attend an in-person learning day at AMS but are unable to be physically present due to non-Covid symptom illness or other reason will be marked absent from school. Students are, however, expected to keep up with their school work as best as possible, similar to how they would last year. Should there be Google Meets or other activities going on that the student could readily participate in, they are welcome to join those groups, however they will continue to be marked absent for the day. The reason behind this is that there are distinct learning plans for each day for each cohort and it is not possible for a student to seamlessly switch from in-person to online learning.



As a reminder, all students must check in to their Morning Meeting Google Meet each school day morning starting at 7:45am.

Regardless of if they are attending in person or virtually, students will be marked tardy should they arrive later than 7:56am.

Students who do not participate in Morning Meeting are marked as absent for the school day.

Please help your child establish a good school morning routine so they can start their day on the right foot.

Thank you.